The BEAM spectrum is a way to think about how you can use sources for your research projects and papers.
What type of information are you looking for? What do you need to accomplish? Construct an argument?
Provide evidence? Or just report basic facts?
Remember, not all projects will require you to use sources in all four ways. And some sources will help you in more than one of these categories.
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Adapted from Kristin M. Woodward & Kate Ganski's "What Could A Writer Do With This Source?"
Try the BEAM research model for determining types of resources: Background information, Examples and Evidence, Argument support, and Methodological framework.
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